Sep 302013
 

Ekudeni is ideally situated on the wedding mile in Muldersdrift, only thirty minutes from either Johannesburg or Pretoria, not only is this a fabulous wedding venue, it also serves as a purpose built team building and conference venue.

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The rolling lawns and tranquil water features create a perfect backdrop for any memorable day or a small intimate wedding reception.

There is a non-denominational chapel on the property, which means that your reception and ceremony can take place within metres of each other.

Ekudeni offers 28 bedrooms, should you want your guests to stay over. Need to hold a unforgettable  product launch or conference ? Ekudeni has six purpose built venues which can accommodate delegates in style and comfort.

Venues vary in shape and size; The Stables which can seat a maximum of 120 delegates in addition to the imposing Owl Hall seats up to 700 delegates. The Ekudeni management team on hand will make sure that your meeting is remembered for all the right reasons.

The seating plan for each venue can be altered to assist the client’s needs, however the number of delegates dictates the final seating arrangements.

Each function or conference room is equipped with the most modern A.V facilities in order to make presentations effective and easy.

Ekudeni offers many different areas within the property for team building event held.

Raft building, Quad biking and a variety of exercises can be accommodated on the rolling lawns in front of the main building.

If you would like your team building more intense, there are a number of areas adjacent to the property that can accommodate your adventure requirements.

Should you need to display large equipment, there is plenty of space available not only show the products but to allow delegates to try them out.

On the first Sunday of every month traditional cuisine is served with live entertainment in one of the venues.

Game drives can be arranged on a neighbouring property which will make your event more memorable.

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Sep 262013
 

Glenburn Lodge, situated in Muldersdrift, on the banks of the Crocodile and Blaauwbank Rivers in the tranquility of the Zwartkops Mountains and the World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind, this 100 bedroom hotel, wedding, conference venue and spa is a mere 30 minutes from both Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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The natural scenic beauty of Glenburn Lodge makes it the perfect setting for conferences, product launches, think-tanks and team-building exercises. The Conference Centre seats up to 600 delegates across eight meeting rooms. All rooms are fully equipped with state of the art conference equipment.

The three star Glenburn Lodge offers a total 100 bedrooms made up of three and two bedroom chalets, standard hotel rooms, garden suites, hotel suites and double rooms overlooking tranquil water features and indigenous bush. All rooms either have river frontage or a view of the Zwartkops Mountains.

The conference centre includes fourteen venues: Glenkyle, Glencove and Glenwillow feature banqueting as well as conference facilities. The largest venue, Glenkyle, can take up to 300 delegates at a time.

The Coachman, the Boardroom, Greenwell’s Glory, Mallard, Marabou, Minnow, Muddler, Pheasants Tail, Royal Clansman and Williams Favourite provide conference facilities for groups between six and 150. Conference venue names were either inspired by Glenburn Lodge’s fly fishing tradition and fly names, or the Scottish names reflecting the beautiful natural surrounds.

Voted as one of the best wedding venues in Gauteng, Glenburn Lodge has three wedding venues with guest capacities ranging between 60 and 300 guests.

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Sep 162013
 

Aloe Ridge Hotel is a hotel in Muldersdrift that lies at the rim of a natural amphitheatre which falls away to the river and waterfalls. All indigenous bushveld.

The major attraction of Aloe Ridge Hotel is it is unique scenic location. Situated only 40km from the Johannesburg City Centre African bushveld. At an altitude of 1500 feet lower than Johannesburg, the vegetation and climate are almost subtropical.

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Enjoy excellent food at Hedwig’s Fine Dining Restaurant with a breathtaking view of the floodlit Zwartkop Mountain or dine with the stars at the Observatory Restaurant. Aloe Ridge Hotel’s conference facilities are excellent with 6 conference rooms that can accommodate between 10 and 100 people.

Aloe Ridge Game Reserve will provide you with a true African safari experience by discovering wildlife such as Giraffe, Eland, Zebra and birdlife with over 230 species recorded

All sides of the 72 bedrooms and 4 suites that are spacious and luxurious have views of the indigenous bushveld, and you are likely to see buffalo, hippo, zebra, rhino, buck as well as profile bird life from the comfort of elegantly furnished rooms using natural materials. All rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, heated unit, TV, telephone, private bathroom and shower.

The major attraction of the conference venue is its unique scenic location. Situated only 40km from Johannesburg, it is surrounded by natural African bushveld.

The conference facilities are excellent with 6 conference rooms that can accommodate between 10 and 100 people. The staff is there to welcome and assist you, ensuring that your conference is a success. Standard equipment is available, and any other equipment can be catered for.

Hedwig’s is one of Gauteng’s best fine dining experiences (Star Newspaper awarded) set on a platform overlooking the Blaaubankspruit and a ridge of Aloe’s all floodlit at night. We offer superb cuisine, a pleasant ambience and personal service for wedding functions of maximum 45 guests.

The Observatory is the newest fine dining restaurant in Gauteng, combining exceptional cuisine with an astronomical experience, unique in the world. Looking through the 1500kg telescope, galaxies, planets and stars transport each guest into the unknown… A truly intergalactic evening feast. This superb venue caters for groups up to 60 people.

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Sep 112013
 

Valverde is a unique country style hotel in Muldersdrift specialising in conference weddings and accommodation.  Valverde Country Hotel is situated in the Muldersdrift area  and  ideally located for easy access to Sandton, Fourways, Pretoria and Randburg and close to the main highways. Valverde is only 10 minutes drive Lanseria International Airport.

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All business meeting rooms offer excellent ambience with a dedicated and experienced conference events service to ensure any event runs smoothly.

For small business conferences, choose the Lavender Board Room. It borders a lavender garden and overlooks the swimming pool.

The Rondavel is the most popular conferencing venue. It is perfect for medium groups wanting a personal atmosphere.

Olive Lapa is a covered outdoor venue with adjustable blinds, suitable for larger, informal groups.

The Rose Room is separated from the main conference venues to ensure the utmost privacy. The Rose Room comes with a built in screen and plenty of wall space.

The Kings Hall is situated in the main building and is ideal for formal set-ups.

Valverde caters for a variety of corporate and private functions throughout the year which can accommodate groups from 20 to 200 guests and can customise events to meet the needs and budgets of any occasion. Live entertainment can be arranged, and food tasting evenings are held monthly for those wanting to sample the menus.

Valverde has 2 wedding venues catering for 20 to 200 guests. Each wedding venue has its own reception area and chapel for the privacy of your guests. Valverde also caters for garden ceremonies, picnic weddings and morning weddings.

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Sep 042013
 

On the banks of the Crocodile River, surrounded by the Zwartkoppies, just half an hour from Pretoria and Johannesburg, rests Avianto. A European-inspired village that has established itself as a creative inspiration for conferences, elegant wedding celebrations, focused teambuilding, glittering functions and intimate getaways.

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Avianto consists of the Village Hotel, a magnificent Ballroom, the well-known Banquet Hall with its charming and beautiful non-denominational Chapel, the Fireside Room for a more intimate gathering, and the state-of-the-art Conference Centres, consisting of six different meeting rooms and a lounge.

Avianto offers a variety of superb venues to hold a particular conference; two Conference Centres plus the Ballroom, Banquet Hall and Fireside Room can cater for large,  medium and small conferences. The largest Qolf Course in the World along with a list of activities that will provide Teambuilding solutions to ensure an itinerary that offers the perfect balance between work and play.

Avianto has built a solid reputation in the conference arena. The village that Avianto has become is found along the Crocodile River in Muldersdrift. The ambience at Avianto inspires creative thinking, camaraderie and positive energy. This, along with the support of an experienced co-ordination and events management team ensures that the corporate event will be perfectly orchestrated.

An excellent conference ambience with complete dedication & attention to detail. Avianto offers a range of venues for conferences, seating from 2 to 300 delegates depending on the seating arrangement and room selected. Standard equipment is available in each venue and includes a flipchart/whiteboard, screen, pens, notepads, cordials, mints and water. Any other specialized equipment, secretarial services, or meeting arrangements can be arranged at additional cost.

Avianto’s conference centres provide facilities of the highest standard in a uniquely tranquil setting. Providing information at a conference is essential. It is a fundamental fact that the choice of venue motivates and inspires the delegates. A conference at Avianto does just that. The outstanding service and personal attention to detail makes it a sought after venue.

  • Conference Facilities catering from 2 to 300 delegates.
  • Modern presentation equipment at an additional fee.
  • Accommodation in 5 suites and 29 luxury rooms.
  • Team building facilities arranged in house and other activities by arrangement.
  • 24-hour security.
  • Abundant open parking.
  • Landing area for Helicopters.
  • Private reception venues that are perfect for hosting cocktail parties, company functions, awards dinners, year end events and private dinners.
  • Catering provided for all culinary requirements.
  • Avianto offers complimentary wireless internet connectivity.

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Sep 022013
 

High on a hilltop in Honingklip, amidst the rose and peach farms and with a superb view of the rolling foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, brooding Swartkop and the Witwatersrand, lies Apricot Hill Farm. Formerly an upmarket Health Hydro, Apricot Hill is now an exclusive Country Farmhouse offering self-catering cottages, tranquil farmhouse rooms and self-catering rustic rooms.

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Just 40 minutes from Pretoria and Johannesburg, 15 minutes from Krugersdorp and Roodepoort – and with easy access to highways, airports, Sandton and Randburg, – Apricot Hill is ideal for wedding guests, conference delegates or those with business to do on the Reef.

Apricot Hill offers two venues for  informal meetings, mini-conferences bosberade and team building. In lovely Highveld weather, the covered terrace opens onto leafy gardens, down to the pool. For even more privacy, there is an indoor venue also. Both can take up to 16 day delegates and overnight or day packages with various menus available. Tranquility, hearty home-cooked meals and your own glorious sunset “braai” at the end of the working day – sound good?

FARMHOUSE ACCOMMODATION :
(No self-catering option available here).
En-suite double rooms on a bed and breakfast basis.

COTTAGES:
Fully equipped farm cottages at affordable rates.
Minimum of full weekend stay in cottages.
Breakfast available on request.

THE CLOISTERS:
Rustic, rough brick self-catering rooms.
Private accommodation away from the guesthouse.

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Aug 282013
 

Stone Cradle Muldersdrift is sheltered from the big city hassles of Johannesburg, and on the outskirts of the Cradle of Humankind. It is easily accessible from the Pretoria, and Krugersdorp N14 highway and a stone’s throw from Lanseria Airport.

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Stone Cradle hosts a hotel with 48 luxury rooms, the Country Buffet Restaurant Fire Fly Grill a la Carte Restaurant, three world class function venues and ‘Little Feet’ – a children’s playground & party venue.

Stone Cradle is the perfect venue for your wedding, conference, office party, birthday celebration, product launch, or any other occasion.

Functions are made all the more memorable by the experienced staff that will take care of your every need. For private functions,  the Stone Cradle and Muldersdrift halls and Jabulani and Fani Room are ideal venues to hold between 50 – 200 guests.

Conferences

For any special event – be assured that, whatever the occasion, Stone Cradle has the expertise, experience and commitment to ensure its success. Stone Cradle offers a variety of up-market venues to hold a conference:

• Stone Cradle & Muldersdrift Halls, on the banks of the Crocodile River
• Fani & Jabulani Room suitable for a smaller meeting

The tranquil and relaxed ambience of Stone Cradle on the banks of the Crocodile River is the perfect environment where one can  be creative, productive and innovative.

But not just all work and no play!  Teambuilding and a variety of activities can be arranged to add some spice & fun to  the day!

The experienced conference coordinator and management team will ensure that your corporate event will suit your every need

Accommodation

Stone Cradle Hotel offers 48 oversized and beautifully decorated rooms, with all the comforts of home. It enables you to enjoy and relax a blissful sleep after a busy day the essence of comfort and convenience.

Stone Cradle Hotel offers

• 35 Luxury Family / Twin Rooms with Double Beds, which can be split in to single beds. The private patios lead onto the swimming pool and beautifully landscaped gardens with water features.

• Sleeper couches available for children.

• 12 Luxury Suites with King Size Beds and private balconies overlooking the river.

• 1 Executive Suite with a King Size Bed and a private plunge pool in its own garden.

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May 132013
 

In rustic serenity, only 15min from Lanseria airport, Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa in Muldersdrift lies nestled at the foothills of the Swartkop Mountains, on the threshold of the beautiful Kromdraai valley – a World Heritage site known as The Cradle of Humankind.

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Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa will be running an Autum / Winter special valid from 1 May to 31 August 2013.

Rates range from
Day conference package @ R 445.00 per person (Full day)

 

24 Hour package rates
Single rooms from R 1 698.00 per room, per night
Twin bedded rooms from R 1 296.00 per person sharing, per night

 

Package rate includes the following
Accommodation x 1 night
Breakfast the following morning
Full day conference with either a Summerhouse conference buffet lunch or a Carnivore conference buffet lunch x 1 day
Dinner in the Summerhouse or Carnivore x 1 night

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Apr 222013
 

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Situated less than an hour’s drive from the city centre of Johannesburg, Muldersdrift offers its visitors respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. With the Magaliesberg Mountain Range as your backdrop, the tranquillity of the area is sure to refresh your soul and provide ideal conditions to get the creative juices flowing at your next business meeting or conference.

Although one gets the feeling of being far from civilization, Muldersdrift is, in fact, situated within easy access of various popular suburbs in Gauteng such as Fourways, Sandton, Randburg and is less than an hour’s drive from Pretoria. The Lanseria Airport, which has flights to and from Cape Town, is also only 15 minutes away from Muldersdrift. The town itself no longer consist only of small farms and smallholdings but has developed into a village in its own right. Its borders slowly merging into the suburbs around Northgate.

The country atmosphere of Muldersdrift, combined with its easy access from most of the major centres in Johannesburg, makes it ideal for conferences, business meetings, brainstorming sessions and team building events. Although the area is well known for its over 40 wedding venues, it is also home to some of the province’s leading conference venues. Some recommended venues in the Muldersdrift area include Valverde Country Hotel, Glenburn Lodge, Avianto, Kloofzicht Lodge, Ingwenya Conference Centre, Misty Hills Country Hotel Conference Centre & Spa, Heia Safari Ranch, Moon & Sixpence, Apricot Hill Farm and Silverstar Casino.

Situated in the heart of the Kromdraai Valley, Muldersdrift is home to the Cradle of Humankind which has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site. The area is world renowned for its archaeological discoveries and houses the third largest cave in South Africa. The Wondercave consists of only one chamber, but this chamber is large enough to fit in an entire football field. The cave goes down 40 meters and can be accessed by the public through an open lift or, for the adventurous, one can abseil down into the cave. The inside of the Wondercave is truly spectacular with cave pearls, pools and 15 meter high stalagmites.

In this area of Muldersdrift,  you will also find the Cradle Private Nature Reserve. The reserve offers you nature at its pristine best with indigenous forests and tranquil streams inhabited by a variety of wildlife such as Antelope, Giraffes and Zebras. For the wildlife enthusiast, the 1200 hectares of the Rhino and Lion Game Reserve in Muldersdrift is a must visit. The game reserve offers the visitor an opportunity to see the big game such as Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Hippo up-close. Plan your visit around feeding time and you will see these magnificent animals feeding on carcasses provided for them, a truly unique experience providing excellent photographic opportunities.

Another highlight of a visit to the Rhino and Lion Game Reserve is the lion cubs. The cubs are part of the reserves breeding programme which include other species such as Cape Wild Dogs, Bengal Tigers, Siberian Tigers and White Lion. At the Vulture Restaurant carcasses donated by local farmers are fed to the Vultures in the area. The process can make spectacular viewing as up to 200 vultures can be seen feeding together.

Another popular place to visit in Muldersdrift is the Ngwenya Glass Village. Here, one can see a demonstration of the ancient art of glass blowing, and there is also plenty of fascinating things to see and buy in the village’s 12 shops. There are also numerous other arts and crafts shops and roadside stalls throughout Muldersdrift.

Muldersdrift has not only an prominent place in world history, but it also has significance in the history of South Africa. It was in this area that Dr Jameson was caught by the Boer Republics and arrested as a prisoner of war. Dr Jameson headed up the failed Jameson Raid which was intended to trigger an uprising by the predominantly British expatriate workers in the Transvaal.

If you are looking for a place near Johannesburg in which to hold your next conference, corporate event or business meeting, Muldersdrift is the ideal place. It is in proximity to all the leading centres in Gauteng but still offers delegates the experience of a getaway in the countryside. There is no shortage of venues in Muldersdrift to choose from to host your event.

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Image Source: Cradle of Humankind

Apr 152013
 

Valverde Country Hotel Conference Venue

Situated in the Muldersdrift area of Gauteng, Valverde is a country style hotel where visitors can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This conference venue has a distinct Spanish ambience and is distinguished by the personal treatment that guests experience. The word “Valverde” means “green village” in Spanish and Italian.

Conference Facilities 
The conference facilities at the venue consist of five fully equipped conference and function rooms that can accommodate anywhere from five up to 150 delegates. The layout and decor of the conference rooms create an exceptional ambiance which is backed up by the professional and reliable conference events services offered by the venue. Additional services offered by Valverde include team building, corporate functions, free Wi-Fi, airport transfers and event co-ordinating. An English breakfast is served from 7h00 to 10h00 and dinner may be booked at the Palm Restaurant.

Valverde offers a variety of affordable conferencing options at its four conference rooms. For smaller business meetings, the Lavender Board Room is ideal. Overlooking the swimming pool and situated next to the lovely lavender garden, this conference room has a relaxed atmosphere which promotes creative thinking.

Large and informal groups are usually hosted in the covered outdoor lapa called the Olive Lapa. The adjustable blinds of the lapa offer superb control over the lighting conditions within the venue. If you desire privacy, The Rose Room is recommended as it is separated from the other rooms in the venue. It is perfect for presentations and has a 2 meter x 2 meter built in screen as well as plenty of wall space. For formal functions and conferences, Valverde uses the Kings Hall situated within the main building.

Accommodation
The country theme of Valverde is extended through to the four accommodation suites with their country styled furniture and decor. The Bird Suites consists of fourteen rooms, each 20sqm in size. The rooms are southwest and south facing and have en-suite bathrooms with showers. The rooms can be equipped with either one double bed or two separate single beds. A maximum amount of one extra single bed can be added to the rooms.

The Flower Suites face north and northwest and consists of nine rooms each 40sqm in size. Each of the rooms has a king size bed, which can be replaced by two single beds, and an en-suite bathroom with shower. A maximum of two additional single beds can be added to the rooms. The Lily Suite is also 40sqm in size, but it has a four poster king size bed and a lounge area. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a bath and a shower. The Lily Suite is southwest facing. Also facing southwest, the Mahogany suite has beautiful mahogany furniture and a four poster king size extra length bed. The suite has a lounge area and the bathroom is also equipped with a bath and a shower.

Valverde goes green
“Valverde” is Spanish and Italian for “green village”, so it is no surprise that Valverde is embracing the trend to go green. The venue has already put in place and is working on a range of measures to make its operations more environmentally friendly.

Waste water at Valverde is treated through a natural filtering process at its grey water recycling plant and collected in two dams. The recycled water is then used for irrigation. The dams create an ecosystem of its own with a variety of fish, aquatic plants, frogs and birds inhabiting the dams. The guestrooms and the kitchen are supplied of hot water through solar geysers and kitchen waste is recycled as fertilizer for the gardens. Worm farms and Bokashi composters are used to recycle organic kitchen waste into compost and worm tea. Waste is further reduced by sending paper, glass and cans to recycling plants.

Valverde has also implemented a variety of water saving devices such as low-flow showerheads and toilet flush diverters. They also use only echo-friendly chemicals in the washing powders and cleaning products used at the venue. Valverde supports local farming and in particular organic farming when it comes to purchasing their fresh produce. Energy efficient light bulbs have already been installed on all outside floodlights and security lights. Valverde Country Hotel has further plans to install energy efficient lamps in all their rooms and conference venues. There are also plans in place for an organic vegetable farm.

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